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  • Senior Philanthropy Officer
    Institutional Engagement
    Rhode Island School of Design

    RISD invites you to bring your interests and talents to our vibrant campus community, where approximately 1,000 full- and part-time employees enjoy an inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package. The College seeks a Senior Philanthropy Officer to join the Office of Institutional Engagement.

    The Senior Philanthropy Officer employs sophisticated relationship skills to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 150 high-potential prospects and donors, including conducting 150 personal visits annually. This position devises personalized engagement plans for each assigned prospect, leveraging RISD cultivation opportunities, presenting gift opportunity proposals that speak to a donor’s philanthropic goals while supporting the mission and goals of the College. The successful candidate will possess familiarity and success in proposing and completing creative gift arrangements, working with donors and their professional advisors, and develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year plan and timeline for assessment, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of assigned prospects, meeting or exceeding personal productivity goals. The Senior Philanthropy Officer employs the Raiser’s Edge database to manage prospect strategies and moves, documenting all prospect interactions in a complete and timely fashion. They serves as a liaison with other Institutional Engagement Officers, administrative and academic representatives concerning assigned prospects and donors, as well as serving as the major gift liaison to assigned groups and provides advice and input to the Sr. Executive Director on related workplans.

    Essential Functions/Duties
    -Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of key prospects through face-to-face visits, engagement events, and other means. Tasked with overseeing and/or personally executing solicitation and closing gifts to secure major gifts in support, of annual, endowment, and capital funds.
    -Manage and maintain a portfolio of 150 major giving prospects and donors typically focused at the $250,000+ level.
    -Directs the recruitment and stewardship of current and past individuals who are prospective major donors to assigned groups.
    -Develops and executes an annual solicitation plan for submitted proposals and gift closures providing a projection target for gift commitments.
    -Maintain a rigorous schedule of personal contacts with assigned prospects, creating moves management plans related to them that include strategies of engagement and solicitations, as well as partnered visits with the Vice President, Institutional Engagement, President, other campus representatives or volunteers.
    -Work with Institutional Engagement Special Events team to conceptualize plan and implement RISD events in assigned territory(s) and/or prospect constituencies that build the RISD brand and foster deeper engagement among top prospects and philanthropists in that area.
    -Work with Institutional Engagement Stewardship team to develop and execute high quality stewardship plans, maintaining detailed records, for assigned prospects that sustain successful relationships.
    -Participate in Raiser’s Edge prospect tracking/management system, which identifies, assigns, rates, and tracks assigned prospects, complying with department policies and procedures.
    -Conduct independent research through the Institutional Engagement database, Internet sources, and referrals from RISD representatives and volunteers to identify and appropriately engage assigned prospects.

    Job Qualifications Required
    -Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required.
    -Seven years+ of fundraising experience in devising and executing major and principal gifts strategies, higher education preferred.
    -Successful experience in a campaign environment.
    -Proven ability to manage complex organizational relationships and work effectively with executive leadership.
    -Program strategy development and execution experience.
    -Individual and team success in securing and maintaining 7-figure+ accounts and/or philanthropy.
    -Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
    -Strong organizational skills.
    -Demonstrated effectiveness in outreach to volunteers and other fundraising partners.

    Job Qualifications Preferred
    Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. Interest/experience in art and design desirable.

    Pre-employment Requirement
    The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
 


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